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Vacancy - Entry Clearance Officer 08/18 PTA (Johannesburg)

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Job Category
Other British Government Departments (Partners across Government, including UK Visas)
Job Subcategory
UKVI (UK Visas and Immigration)
Job Description (Roles and Responsibilities)

Main purpose of job:

To consider and assess visa applications from persons subject to UK Immigration Control in line with UK Immigration Rules and policy, thus helping to ensure that the UK is kept safe and secure. Providing value for money to visa applicants by endeavouring to make the right decision on each visa application first time every time and ensuring visa applications are processed within agreed timescales. Act in accordance with the Code of Conduct and Home Office Values at all times.

Roles and responsibilities

Assessing the full range of visa applications and interviewing applicants in a fair, objective and courteous manner. Making quick and pragmatic decisions to issue and refuse visas in accordance with the Immigration Rules, and within agreed time-scales.
Acting on feedback from management to improve decision quality with a view to making the right decision on every visa application first time every time.
Identify ways of improving the efficiency and effectiveness of the assessment process, letting the management team know.
Acting with integrity and in accordance with the local code of conduct and Home Office Values. Reporting any incidents that cause the applicant to have integrity concerns.
If selected take on any extra roles and responsibilities to support Entry Clearance Managers in ensuring the efficient and effective running of the visa section.

Essential qualifications, skills and experience

Good communication with excellent spoken and written English.
Computer literacy with accurate typing skills of at least 25 words per minute.
The ability to work quickly and reliably with little supervision to meet challenging targets.
The capability of making quick decisions, in accordance with set rules and the ability to show that these decisions are fair and just.
Ability to work well under pressure.
Excellent team players - this is an all for one, and one for all environment.
Flexibility and a positive attitude to working in a forward thinking, modern and motivated department, which is working at the forefront of visa work. We are committed to improving standards and procedures - and we are looking for like-minded employees.

Language requirements:

Language: English

Level of language required: Fluent

Desirable qualifications, skills and experience

Previous experience and/or knowledge of the UK's immigration legislation and operations is desirable but not essential. Full training, both in the UK and Pretoria, will be provided.
It is extremely important that the successful candidate is adaptable and shows a willingness to undertake a variety of tasks in a busy environment. There may be the need to work flexible hours.
A positive attitude is essential as is the ability to work as part of a team.

Required competencies
Making Effective Decisions, Collaborating and Partnering, Managing a Quality Service, Delivering at Pace
Application deadline
16 February Protected content
B3 (L)
Type of Position
Fixed term, with possibility of renewal
South Africa
Location (City)
Type of Post
British High Commission
Starting monthly salary Protected content
R 19,997.31 plus R5,868.30 responsibility allowance
Start Date
28 February Protected content
Other benefits and conditions of employment

You will be required to attend and pass a 2 or 3 week training course in the UK if successful in securing this role. If you do not pass the course your position will be curtailed.

The British High Commission pays in full for the Key Care Plus option on Discovery Health for staff including spouses/partners and dependants.
Once you have successfully completed your probation the British High Commission will contribute 9 % of your monthly salary to a Provident Fund.
Annual leave entitlement of 25 days
Working hours per week of 36.5

Additional information

Security Clearance Level required: LE Confidential.

Employment will be subject to obtaining the appropriate security clearance. Please note that only nationals of UK, EU countries, USA, Canada, Australia, New Zealand are likely to meet this requirement.

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